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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
A decent ESB. To be respected. Fullerís usually does things right and this is another example. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Looks great - smells good, taste is good - but somewhat lacking. Somewhat sweet, bitterness catches up at the end. Not as good as expected, but good nonetheless.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2002
I love this beer! Complex and flavorful. Easy drinking and smooth as well. It has it all! Note that this is MUCH better hand pulled out of a cask then from a bottle or keg. Thank god a local pub has casks of this on pull.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2002
I have always enjoyed this superior, truly íExtra Specialí beer. Now that I have subjected it to a more formal rating system, it still holds it weight. A good, malty aroma. Although not much in the way of head, it boasts a bastion of flavor. A very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2002
wonderful aroma that fades quickly. appearance is clear, bright, brown color. the taste is clean with a great hop finish. a great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 Re-Rate: I cannot believe that I originally rated this at a paltry 2.3. It just shows how much my beer palate has changed over the past year. I now consider this one of my favorite beers. 5/17/02: Too bitter for my tastes. I wanted to try this because it was available on tap but regretted choosing it after a couple of sips. I guess that I just don't like this style of beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2002
excellent

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Excellent color, good balance in taste, slight caramel aroma. Good beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Nice amber color with faint aroma of hops and malt. Bitterness was heavier than anticipated with malt sweetness being a little light. But still a very decent session beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
Cask condtioned at NERAX 5/2/02, oh my,great malt aroma,upfront bitterness but finshes sweet and lingers on your tongue.


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